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New California Poetry #26: Sight Map: Poems

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Synopses & Reviews

Publisher Comments:

“Brian Teare's poetry is turning the lyric on its ear. . . . What a brave new voice, livid and gutsy and fresh.”—D. A. Powell, author of Tea and Lunch

“At the heart of this ravishing book about seeing is a distrust of the visionary. Brian Teare engages in a transgressive surveillance of soul and language, love and faith, matter and the immaterial, and the linkages among them. The result is poetry that is formally daring, capacious in eye and mind. These poems are splendid and dirty prayers, fierce accomplishments in our disorienting times.”—Rick Barot, author of Want

“In these formally precise poems, Brian Teare explores the distances between the lover and the beloved, between the image and the word, between God and prayer, between the seen and unseen. By turns lyric and stuttered, and in many cases spoken from a Cartesian epistemological ground zero, these poems reach with urgency and passion toward a knowledge both impossible and necessary—and therein lies their deep humanness. This is a stunning and complex book.”—Jane Mead, author of The Usable Field

“If it is the human condition to leave the 'mind / unanswered,' then Brian Teare knows how to make solace from the erotic textures of both doubt and its ensouled cousin: the unknowing we experience as wonder. Teare redefines transcendence in these complexly melodic poems so that 'poised at / the lip of spillage, each image trembles as it's written.' Here language is the consummate lover: lush, tactile, lithe, and responsive. The interchange between poet and lover, utterance and uncertainty is a confession: 'I desire / something / neither received nor seen.' The fractured world nurtures a mystery so compelling that it makes 'each mind to itself creation come crawling / matter out of nothing.'”—Elizabeth Robinson, author of The Orphan and Its Relations

Synopsis:

In Sight Map Brian Teare blends the speculative poetics of the San Francisco Renaissance with a postconfessional candor to embody the "open field" tradition of such poets as Robin Blaser and Robert Duncan. Teare provides us with poems that insist on the simultaneous physical embodiment of tactile pleasure—that which is found in the textures of thought and language—as well as the action of syntax. Partly informed by an ecological imagination that leads him back to Emerson and Thoreau, Teare's method and fragmented style are nevertheless up to the moment. Remarkable in its range, Sight Map serves at once as a cross-country travelogue, a pilgrim's gnostic progress, an improvised field guide, and a postmodern "pillowbook," recording the erotic conflation of lover and beloved, deity and doubter.

About the Author

Brian Teare is the author of the award-winning The Room Where I Was Born, as well as the forthcoming volume Pleasure and two chapbooks. He has received Stegner, National Endowment for the Arts, and MacDowell Colony poetry fellowships.

Table of Contents

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Emerson Susquehanna

To Be Two

Lent Prayer

As if from Letters of Surveyor Samuel Maclay

To Take the House out of Doors

42:53:6 N/71:57:17 W

Embodiment

Morphology

Theory of Trees

Spirit Photograph

The Word from His Mouth, It Is Perfect

Long After Hopkins

Pilgrim

The ravine a canoe,

Errant.

A type of spine.

Ash, birch, beech, pine.

Errant : Reply.

As being is to begin.

West to dust.

To drag about, to torment, to wallow,

Devotion,

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Sanctuary, Its Root Sanctus

Thoreau Etude

Genius Loci

Abandoned Palinode for the Twenty Suitors of June

An Essay to End Pleasure

Acknowledgments

Notes

Product Details

ISBN:
9780520258761
Author:
Teare, Brian
Publisher:
University of California Press
Subject:
Gay men
Subject:
American - General
Subject:
General
Subject:
Americas (North Central South West Indies)
Subject:
General Poetry
Subject:
Poetry-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series:
New California Poetry
Series Volume:
26
Publication Date:
20090331
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
Professional and scholarly
Language:
English
Pages:
96
Dimensions:
7.75 x 6 x 0.38 in 5 oz

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In Sight Map Brian Teare blends the speculative poetics of the San Francisco Renaissance with a postconfessional candor to embody the "open field" tradition of such poets as Robin Blaser and Robert Duncan. Teare provides us with poems that insist on the simultaneous physical embodiment of tactile pleasure—that which is found in the textures of thought and language—as well as the action of syntax. Partly informed by an ecological imagination that leads him back to Emerson and Thoreau, Teare's method and fragmented style are nevertheless up to the moment. Remarkable in its range, Sight Map serves at once as a cross-country travelogue, a pilgrim's gnostic progress, an improvised field guide, and a postmodern "pillowbook," recording the erotic conflation of lover and beloved, deity and doubter.
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